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problems that are continues in baltimore city. east monument closed between wolfe street and patterson park avenue because of that sink hole. take orleans street or madison avenue for that matter. also we have a closure west franklin and park heights remains closed between violet and omen. watch out for that water main break that has two right lanes blocked, east lombard at light street. things are moving along just fine on the west side of the beltway. for instant traffic updates any time you can always count on us at wjz.com. don, back to you. >> thank you . >>> here's what people are talking about this morning. the search continuing for the man who kidnapped vie ripken earlier this week. police have new clues in the case. mike schuh is live with the story. good morning, mike. >> reporter: good morning. if there's ever a crime in public one of the first thing police look for is surveillance photos. in this case they have them. >> look, here's the man police say kidnapped vie ripken at gunpoint from the garj -- garage of her home. . >> he was wearing a white shirt, a long white shirt, blu
we have a couple of problem areas in ball mother city. we have an accident -- in baltimore city. we have an accident at park heights and two closures because of the water main break, fleet street and east lombard at light street. as far as your over all travel times go, on the outer loop from 83 to 95, 61 miles an hour average. let's take a live look. nice and clear 95 just south of route 24. 795 at ownings mills, no problems to report. for the most accurate and update to traffic information you can count on us at wjz.com. >>> here's what people will be talking at today. the first funeral in the colorado theater shooting will be held later today as some survivors find reasons to celebrate life. katie medley gave birth to a son yesterday. she's in the same hospital where her husband, caleb is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head from friday 's shooting rampage that killed 12 people. >> she put hugo in caleb's arms and she was holding his hand when the baby was laying with caleb and his blood pressure and his heart rate went up. we know he could hear her. >> also in aurora, bat
at 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00. >>> a baltimore city man is behind bars charged with first degree murder. police say 20-year-old mark brown was driving with phillip weather ford in hartford county yesterday when they got into an argument. they say that's when brown stabbed weather ford who later died. he owns a funeral home in baltimore city. >>> the shooting in aurora, colorado is sparking a national debate on gun control just as a major court ruling could put thousands more weapons in the hands of marylanders. a federal judge has lifted a stay on his ruling that maryland's gun permit is unconstitutional. that means in two weeks marylanders will be able to carry handguns without having to show a good and substantial reason. >>> the first funeral following the theater shootings will be held in colorado today. this comes as this community dealing with a horrific act of -- random act of violence. ron matz is live with more. >> reporter: the first funeral for one wofr the victims will be -- for one of the victims will be held later today. this comes as colorado see firearms sale go through
in baltimore county. five of them have been in baltimore city. many of the victims have had underlying heart problems. and it certainly underscores how dangerous this heat can be. >> reporter: the death toll keeps rising across maryland, during one of the longest stretches of temperatures above 95 degrees in state history. and those who have to work outside are doing their best to stay hydrated and safe. >> it can get pretty hectic. have to drink a lot of fluids. have to keep you balanced. >> it's very, very bad. but we work because i need money. i need to pay the bills. i need --ue know. -- you know. we need work. >> reporter: most of the deaths have been in baltimore city, men, over 65, with heart problems. but no one is immune from the danger. >> the longer this goes on, as people become sort of used to it, they may lose sight of the fact that it continues to be a real hazard. >> we want to avoid any deaths at all. and if people stay cool and hydrated, we can avoid those negative outcomes. >> he's the biggest problem. pavement gets really hot. i try to keep really short walks. >> reporter
. >> baltimore city police said they tried to pull that suv driver over just because he wasn't wearing his seat belt. he slowed down and then just took off. sky eye chopper 13 over the scene as the driver fleeing police goes head onto another car on telegraph road. it didn't stop there. that suspect jumps out of the car and takes off on foot. heavily armed officers and k-9s rushed through the woods, backyards and parks. nearly an hour later, wjz is only camera on the scene, as police find the suspect siding inside a vacant home. >> pretty crazy but justice prevailed. >> ed was behind the wheel of his car when the suspect's durango swerved right into him. >> he swerved the try to avoid me, i swerved to try to avoid him and i guess our cars hit. >> the pursuit started in downtown baltimore where police say the driver sideswiped several cars and fled busting a temporary water main. when the suv hit 395 police followed by air as the driver erratically swerved along 97 south, route 100 and telegraph road before he crashed. >> that's a long ride. >> this is what's left of the durango after the crash
. >>> right now, more than 53,000 customers in baltimore county are still without power. baltimore city, anne arundel county, and howard county are also struggling. in total, more than 147,000 bge customers in maryland are still out. for more details on the power restoration progress, vic carter is live with bge spokesman rob gould. >> rob, thanks again for joining us. you said you have the bulk of the people back online. but it's still going to take a while. >> yes. we have 80% or more restored. but it's really that 147,000 figure that we're ficked on now. and of course, -- fixed on now. and of course, if you're without power, you don't care how many are restored. you want to be restored. for all of these images we're showing you, it's just going to take sometime. >> what is the biggest challenge facing you at this time? >> trees, trees and more trees. this storm is as bad if not worse than a hurricane. and hurricane irene, what we saw there is pretty bad. this is real bad. we have trees all over the place, in places you wouldn't expect to see them having come down. and that's really posing
. it is trees on top of electrical wires that still dot the landscape in baltimore county, baltimore city, and several other maryland counties. 3,000 workers from bge and other states are going to hard- hit neighborhoods, trying to repair the damage and get the lights back on. sky eye chopper 13 is over crews in parkville, where you can see damage to at least one home there. wjz is live with first warning weather coverage. we'll check in with captain jeff long in sky eye chopper 13. but first, mike hellgren is in baltimore county, with updated information on repairs. mike? >> reporter: mary, unfortunately, this scene, this long after the storm, is still what it looks like in many neighborhoods. a lot of big, downed trees. you can see what the lightning and wind did to this one. this is one of those neighborhoods that is still without power. the governor says he are entering a very dangerous phase right now, because so many people have been without electricity for so long. about 150,000 bge customers are now out. and that's about 150,000 too many. >> reporter: this is new, amateur video, s
it will continue to monitor the hot spottings -- spots. >>> pret ty soon baltimore city police will get help from thousands of electronic eyes. the new systems will allow businesses and residents to incorporate their security cameras into the city watch system. officers will be able to access registered camera systems in an area near a crime. >>> the man charged with killing unarmed florida teenager trayvon martin is speaking out about that faithful night. george zimmerman and his attorney talked about the killing. his regrets and he reached out to the teen's parents. randall pinkston has the latest for wjz. >> i do wish that there was something, anything i could have done that wouldn't have put me in the position where i had to take his life. >> george zimmerman says his confrontation with trayvon martin didn't last long before martin started throwing punches. in an interview zimmerman recould wanted how martin a-- recounted how martin approached him shortly after he called police about a suspicious person last february. >> he asked me what my problem was. i looked up and he punched me and broke
remains in the cecil county jail on the $200,000 bond. >>> baltimore city fire chief jim clack makes the decision regarding his controversial pay raise. his new contract gives him an 18% salary jump by 2018. the move has caused an uproar in the fire union since it comes as some firecompanies are being closed. today, chief clack says that firefighters do not get their pay raise, he will donate his to the city fire department's fire foundation. >>> well, we are enjoying another day of beautiful weather. lots of sunshine, with some scattered clouds. not too hot out there. just really perfect. meteorologist tim williams is updating our first warning conditions. >> >> we are looking at high pressure solidly in control in our forecast. but we have rain not too far from the south. but what that means is that clouds have been cast in our direction as a result of all of that shower activity and storms. all along that stationary front. that front was our friend. it's the front that changed all of our dynamics from the 100- degree temperatures a week ago. but it stalled to the south. clouds and
,000 without service. in baltimore county, more than 32,000 have no power. baltimore city, it's just under 20,000. and howard county has 4700 customers still without service. in all right now, 77,000 homes and businesses still need to have their service restored. maryland's heat wave continues right now. a heat advisory is in effect for most of the state. outside, it's sunny and hot. and for the eighth day in a row, the temperature is over 90 degrees. first warning weather coverage continues with bob turk, who is updating these pleasant conditions. >> unfortunately, i don't see a lot of that break coming until maybe next week. we have a break in the thunderstorms now. it's very quiet. just a few things up near west virginia. but we do expect to see things beginning to pop this afternoon. a few things showing up. not much to look at at this point. but i am concerned with all of this heat and energy in the atmosphere, we could see some widely scattered, severe thunderstorms tonight. probably between 5:00 and 9:00. most should be over by then. but there's certainly a possibility of some isolated
of the deaths have been in baltimore city. five of them. and there have been about 60 heat-related emergency room visits every day throughout the state. >> reporter: even before the sun came up, it was a hot one. one of the longest stretches in maryland history, of temperatures above 95 degrees. for some, if you can't beat the heat, go full-bore into the sun. >> i'm not a big hot weather person. but you wouldn't be able to talk with me here dripping in sweat in the sun. >> it's irritating. >> reporter: for others it was time to hit the shade. the temperatures are rising. most of those who have died are men older than 65 who live in baltimore. >> people who have chronic illness, particularly heart problems, they do worse with the heat. and they do worse with every day of the heat. so you can see increasing problems and increasing deaths as the heat wave goes on. >> avoid alcohol. keep hydrated. and monitor yourself. monitor your body. but we can survive this well if we take the necessary precautions. >> i can't move any slower than what i'm already moving. [ laughter ] >> i find that i have n
. we will let you know what to expect tomorrow in a few minutes. it is a dry in baltimore city. 83 at the inner harbor. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] virtual wallet can help you be that person who's good with money. see what's free to spend. move money with a slide. save with a shake. feel good about your decisions. >> the american red cross is asking for more blood donations. officials say that all blood types are needed, especially o- and b-. officials say summer is a slow time of year but the heat may be keeping donors away. more than a dozen homes have been declared uninhabitable in the aftermath of a tornado in new york. it touched down thursday afternoon. it was part of a storm system that raced across the northeast. there were no injuries. more than 13,000 homes and businesses are without power tonight. >> now your forecast with tony pann. >> we have some severe weather at home. there are no watches or warnings right now but we had reports of large hail across maryland and a lot of lightning strikes reported. the only thing on hd doppler is this storm in howard county. that
wants to rewrite the rules on social media. >> the latest heated battle in baltimore city's fire department is over twitter and what firefighters can and can't post on social media. it comes after some criticism of the mayor and chief online, including con controversy over the chief's pay raise when fire documents are closing. one tweet said, save yourself, there's no medics but you can call the mayor on the video phone. the department says the new guidelines are not to effect free speech. >> simply to establish concise guidelines and bount bound -- boundaries for which our members are communicate concerns. >> still the firefighters union is troubled enough that they're meeting with lawyers and the department next week. >> that's our main concern is firefighters are protected. that's our only concern. >> i want to make sure our remembers are covered -- members are covered. >> the employees can face punishment in limited situations. the maryland general assembly that says you do not have to share your user names and passwords with your employers. >> it's like tapping a phone and l
-year veteran of the baltimore city fire department. he is now suspended without pay, pending an internal investigation. vic? >> mary, thank you. simmons was a firefighter with truck 25 out of rowland park. >> controversy continues out of plans to give fire chief james clack a contract extension and a pay raise. comes at a time when fire companies are being closed. >> derek valcourt explains, a vote on the measure was taken today, as more opponents speak out. derek? >> well, the mayor says the fire chief has earned that pay raise. but firefighters and some city residents say the fire chief is benefiting from their loss. >> reporter: the permanent closure of three city fire companies because of three budget constraints already had firefighters angry. which is why the mayor's request had firefighters union leaders saying no way. >> this [ inaudible ] i don't think chief complak or his command staff should take the raise. >> reporter: but in a 3-2 vote, the city board of estimates agrees to extend the contract for six years. the deal grants clack more than $28,000 worth of pay in
baltimore city and baltimore county. >> typical in low-lying areas. we have low-lying areas, southbound j.f.x., cold springs lane ramp tends to flood out. >> city transportation officials say they didn't see anything unusual as far as flooding. however, there were reports of flooding at the johns hopkins hospital ambulance entrance, as well as several downed trees and debris clogging drains. >> we kept crews in in anticipation of the storms, and we were able to respond to downed trees and high water. >> state highway officials were also busy thursday night, dealing with close to a dozen flooded state roads and dealing with closures as well. luckily, they say no lives were put in jeopardy because of standing water, and they remind motorists to use caution. >> never drive through standing water. it looks like you might get through, and then you can easily be taken away your entire vehicle, so you want to try and turn around and try a different route. additionally, if you can't see the visibility really bad, find a place to pull over to safety and just wait it out. >> city transportation off
's all on wbaltv.com. click on olympics. >> here this morning, a saturday shooting in baltimore city is now listed as a homicide. police responded it a call for shots fired in the 1400 block of poplar grove street around 2:30 saturday morning. that's where they found 30-year-old jermaine blue suffering from a gunshot wound. he was taken to an area hospital where he later died. city officers are also investigating a suspicious death in the downtown area. just after 5:00 a.m. saturday, police got word of a possible shooting in the 300 block of south charles street. once on the scene, officers found a man suffering trauma to his upper body and the unidentified victim later died at an area hospital and so far, detectives haven't found any evidence that a shooting occurred. they are now waiting for results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. anyone with information on either case is asked to contact the city police department. >> a police officer is recovering this morning after being hit by a driver under the influence. authorities in howard county say yolanda merchanson
- related deaths. >> reporter: already, maryland has seen four deaths from the heat. two from baltimore city, one in montgomery county, another in wicomico county. doctors say those at risk have underlying health problems. >> they do worse with the heat. and they do worse with every day of the heat. you can see increasing problems and increasing deaths as the heat wave goes on. >> reporter: but it's so hot, even healthy adults are in trouble. >> i've gotten dizzy. so i decided to carry an umbrella today. because the heat just pounds on you. and it's excruciating. >> i got business, i take care of it in the morning. so when it's starting to get real hot, i'm heading towards home. >> i'm not young myself. so it's pretty hard on all of us. >> reporter: howard monet already opens his air- conditioned home to friends and family. and with power still out for tens of thousands, health officials are hoping others will do the same and keep the sun from taking lives. >> hospital emergency rooms also feeling the heat. many have noticed an uptick in the number of people over the age of 65, who are comin
at the updated numbers. baltimore county still has it the worst with nearly 20,000 out. baltimore city, howard county and anne arundel county are also hit hard. in total, about 44,000 bge customers are without power right now. >> well, here's more frustrating news for those in the dark. this heat is growing more intense. emergency rooms are starting to fill up with patients who are dehydrated or worse. monique griego has late word on moredeaths linked to this receipt heat wave. >> reporter: another day under a vicious sun, as triple-digit temperatures bear down on baltimore. >> the humidity has made it unbearable. doesn't matter if you're in the shade or in the sun. >> i'm sweating water now. i feel like a walking river right now. >> reporter: people sweating it out in the city, try to refuel, create their own shade, or simply ditch a few layers in an effort to stay cool. >> it's horrible. hot and sweaty is not a good feeling. >> on the way to keep cool. umbrella, fans and water. >> reporter: but when it's in hot, the weather isn't just uncomfortable. it can be dangerous. >> we definitely see
of which have been in baltimore city. and that danger is why doctors are telling people to stay out of the sun or find a cool place to cool off. >> reporter: another day under a vicious sun, as triple digit temperatures bear down on baltimore. >> the humidity has made it unbearable. doesn't matter if you're in the shade or in the sun. >> i'm sweating water now. i feel like a walking river right now. >> reporter: people sweating it out in the city. try to refuel. create their own shade, or simply ditch a few layers in an effort to stay cool. >> it's horrible. because it's so hot and sweaty. and it's just the noad -- not a good feeling. >> keeping cool with umbrella, water. >> reporter: but when it's this hot, the weather isn't just uncomfortable, it can also be dangerous. >> we definitely see a lot more people coming in who are dehydrated. they're not anticipating it. >> reporter: dr. michael witting works in the e.r.a. the -- e.r., the maryland medical center. he says people come in dehydrated, confused and weak. but it can get worse. >> the heat has been blamed for eight deaths in
are out, 20,000 baltimore county, 61,000 customers in baltimore city, are still without power in this heat. 20,000 prince georges county remain without power all told, across the state, service is out to nearly 211,000 bge customers. well, wjz is live. adam may from baltimore county with more how people are coping there it is tough adam. >> reporter: it is. termers are running short --temperers are running short. this is indicative of the scene right off boll loan that and charles you can see this huge pine tree landed on top of those wires and cut off power to this neighbourhood. >> across baltimore county the sound of generators, and chain saw, echo threw neighbourhoods. >> everywhere we have been all the same branches down trees down. trees on houses, trees on cars. >> reporter: jason has been working nonstop in the svelterring heat since saturday morning. >> this is like a hurricane, really bad. >> this was a wild and furious storm. >> reporter: her yard looks like a bomb went off losing a few trees more than 150 feet high. >> oh, my god i couldn't believe it. this one took out that on
. meghan mccorkell has the latest on the growing health concerns. >> good morning. baltimore city officials have now extended a state of emergency for another week as the heat continues to bear down on the city. >> the blazing hot sun taking its toll. >> incredibly shot. >> i have no energy. >> turn ing deadly. >> these temperatures are dangerous. >> nine heat related deaths now reported in maryland, five in baltimore city, two in montgomery county, one in wycomico and friday a new one in baltimore county. >> it's somebody's family member. that's why we tell people to prepare and check on each other. >> that's just what the city is doing. volunteers going door to door in powerless neighborhoods. another emergency command center now set up at the northern community action center. the african american festival is set to begin on saturday, forecasted to be the hottest day of the week. now organizers are are -- are are taking added pre-- are taking added precaution. >> we have missing tents. they're bring ing in cooling buses. >> with more than half a million people expected, extra ems units
floor and spread to the roof. the fire has been ruled accidental. >>> the baltimore city fire department is changing its social media guidelines. alex demetrick from the newsroom, with what is bringing about the change. alex. >> according to our media department, the baltimore sun, they are taking a second look at its rules on social media. fire department says they may soon change their rules on comments. this comes after some firefighters wrote inappropriate, insensitive, or inaccurate information on websites like twitter. some firefighters say policies could hinder their constitutional rights to free speech. the city's police force is also reportedly working on its policy as well. mary? >> sounds like complaints posted on twitter include the city's decision to close three fire companies for budgetary reasons. and the approval of a raise for baltimore's fire chief. >> nationwide outrage. a report finds that top school officials at penn state, including legendary coach joe paterno, covered up child sex abuse by jerry sandusky. joe paterno's family is file fighting back. >> we are here t
are trying to fathom why anyone would kill him. and baltimore city police are on the lookout for the shooter. >> baltimore city police are investigating the shooting death of 23-year-old brandon sproal, a former basketball player at walbrook high school. monday night, around 10:30, brandon was hanging out on the corner of baker and mcking, with two other people, when he was robbed of his belongings and his life. >> when they were approached by two black males, one armed with a gun. >> police say sproal was ordered to his knees and then told to pus his hands behind his head. that's when he was shot. the other two victims got away. >> they found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. >> reporter: brandon died on the scene. the news hitting his former basketball coach like a ton of bricks. >> breaks my heart completely. >> reporter: brandon and his older brother rodney played and led the team to two championships back in 2005 and 2006. bridgers describes brandon as a tenacious player with a quiet spirit. >> this kid has had a job since he was in high school. always ear
baltimore city paramedics in disbelief. >> i'm bob turk. i'll have the complete first warning weather forecast coming up next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >> it's partly cloudy and 80 degrees in central maryland right now. the complete first warning weather is coming up. >>> one man's yard is dropping piece by piece down a 200-foot cliff in washington state. the hole is swallowed up a century's old tree. the fire department is concerned because of the edge. it will cause a natural sprain to change its course. >>> bolt of lightning starts a fatal chain of events in new york city. the lightning strike unleashed an avalanche of scoff of scaffolding. this woman said it was a surreal event. >> it started to collapse and i saw a gentleman passing underneath at that moment. >> the scaffolding was put up a month ago by the previous lightning strike. >>> well, the former trader took his life. he had cyanide in his system. he was seen putting something in his mouth shortly after convicted of arson. it was possible for him to hide the pill in his pocket. >>> there's new information, the major upgrade from
the alamrm off. a baltimore city firefighter was rushed to the hospital. he was battling a blaze in east baltimore and suffered a burn to his hand. the firefighter has and released from the hospital. the police commissioner has a few more days before he officially retires. as a proper sendoff, he threw the first pitch at the orioles game today. he says he will miss his job at the department, but is looking forward it to what he will do next. >> something fun. something far less stressful. maybe let a little bit of my hair grow back. i am looking forward to it. i am anxious to get started. on the job is day wednesday. charges pending after police arrested a man who described himself as the joker and threatened to blow up the workplace in prince george's county. neil press got is still in the hospital tonight undergoing psychiatric evaluation. his apartment was full of guns and ammunition when they rated it on friday. according to police, press got called a supervisor at the pitney bowes this week. he threatened to shoot everyone in the building. he was in the process of being fired. >> in
city, two deaths in baltimore, montgomery county. hartford county had one heat relitted death. >> -- related death. >> got to be the worse i've seen. it's almost unpredented. >> now everyone is trying to stay cool and waiting for this heat wave to end. >> reporter: the city had been distributing bags of ice and ice water the try to keep people cool. back to you. >> bge says -- excuse me. remember that we're always on any time there's severe weather. you can go back to wjz.com to see your own live look at doppler weather radar. >>> investigators are trying to determine what started a fatal house file. it broke out in the ann arundel on the bay community. firefighters say they found a woman inside the house. medics say she was pronounced dead at the scene. >>> in a recent spike in crime at georgia tech is pushing the students to want to carry weapons on to the campus. a number of students and even some parents have signed an online petition to be sent to governor deal. three students were just robbed off campus. recently a student woke up inside his dorm room with a gunpointi
baltimore city down to ocean city and along the 95 corridor. it will feel like the low 100's. we also have to worry about some thunderstorms. they could be on the strong side. from the seat down towards ocean city. -- from d c down towards ocean city. 96 for the afternoon high temperature. showers and storms are possible this afternoon. pretty hot in ocean city. a chance of a storm into the afternoon. temperatures dropped out into the 80's by sunday. we drop to the 80's by sunday in baltimore. fairly humid tomorrow. that is the latest on the weather. >> good morning. not bad on this friday morning. we start at aviation boulevard, have an accident to avoid. frederick road is shut down because of some of downed wires. 70 is a much better bet. park heights is closed because of police activity. closures on monument street. orleans is your alternate. here's a quick live look at traffic. 95 at the fort mchenry looking pretty good. not a lot at the toll plazas in terms of delays. northbound traffic up towards the construction zone at the steel bridge and looking good towards the still bridge and
, about 45,000 bge customers are without power. baltimore city, baltimore county, still the hardest hit areas. stay with wjz for first warning weather coverage all summer long. for the updated forecast and a look at live doppler radar, log onto week.com. >>> the body of a man believed to be a missing jet skier is recovered in baltimore county. 47-year-old harry gillis was last seen early tuesday in essex. that afternoon, his jet ski was found drifting with the keys in the ignition. the coast guard searched a six- mile stretch of back river wednesday. last evening a body washed up near a dock. an autopsy will confirm the identity of the man and how he died. >>> the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed an unarmed florida teenager, could go free. a judge granted zimmerman bail for a second time. randall pinkston reports for wjz from new york. >> reporter: a judge set bail for george zimmerman at $1 million. that's a lot more than the $150,000 bond he was released on in april. but the judge revoked that bond last month, after prosecutors said zimmerman and his wife misled the court about
shot and killed by baltimore city police. it started at the 7-11 on reisterstown road yesterday. a man had a semiautomatic gun and when officers arrived he took off. they chased him to 5100 block of arbutus avenue and he was still carrying the gun. >> at this point the officer fired his weapon once shooting the suspect. the suspect died in the local hospital. >> this morning the suspect has been identified as 22-year-old davont everyone bowman. we have learned the officer is a six-year veteran. >> also in the city a man is recovering after police say he was shot in the biceps. apparently he was walking with a friend when two machine showed up and pulled a gun and demanded money and made them take off their clothing. one tried to run away and was shot by the suspect. in baltimore county a bid was discovered in the woods in north point. county police tell us somebody found the remains behind the exxon gas station. officials say it looks like a man's body and it has been there quite a while. the remains were taken it the state medical examiner's office for further investigation. to the ra
was not hers. >> the apartment building where her body was discovered is owned by the baltimore city housing e authority. ed -- housing authority. >>> road closures caused frustrating gridlock for thousands of commuters in downtown. the work is expected to take 2 weeks. senator ben cardin is calling on congress for help. he said the ageing water system is a problem facing many states. >>> some heat returns to maryland and it's bringing the humidity with it. here's a live look outside. the sun is out but it's mostly cloudy skies for the day and there's a chance for pop up thunderstorms. wjz has weather and traffic together. bob turk is tracking the weather. >> saturday was a record low of 69. right now the upper 80s. we have some scattered shower activity around. most of it looks like it's to our north or to our southwest. the closest active to the maryland is bad ship across southern pennsylvania. it looks like it's going to hit to your folks in northern sections of hartford county, maybe cecil county in the next couple of hours. there's some showers that may move into northern baltimore and h
start into town. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> baltimore city is asking its residents to conserve water. crews will start making repairs to the water mains. >> kim dacey joins us live to give us more details. >> these repairs come after an extensive study in march using high-tech equipment that uncovered a new problem. using high-tech equipment like the pipe diver, inspectors found the potential break in southwest baltimore in march. >> due to pro-active work of the department of public works, we have gone ahead of a potential serious matter. >> most of the large water breaks were caused by prestressed pipes. the outer wire on these pipes have failed, causing them to break. today there will be making some adjustments. they will begin replacing 316- foot sections of the 54-inch main to prevent future breaks. citizens are asked to conserve water. >> please refrain from outside watering, car washing, power washing, and pool topping until after sunset or during the early morning hours. please do not wash clothes or dishes or do non-essential indoor cleaning using water unt
cannot be said for baltimore city. we have the huge sink hole that has monument street closed. we have east lombard add light street blocked. as you can see everything moving along just fine on the jfx at cold spring lane. this traffic report is brought to you by toyota and your local toyota dealer. toyota has your best deal for today and tomorrow when you buy a car you have to look beyond the day you buy it. back over to you. >> thank you. >>> at the top of the news, the ripken family, violet ripken being safe. the search for her kidnapper continues. wjz has complete coverage. mike schuh is following the investigation and jessica kartalija has more on the mother's roll as head of one of baseball's most inflew end families. we begin with mike schuh live on the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. billy and cal's mom held hostage for 24 hours. bound and put in the backseat of her lincoln, now police are looking for her kidnapper. >> it's just been 8:00 on tuesday morning a mask gunman confronts violet ripken inside her garage. >> she said she went to go in the garage and he w
zero in new york city. that is a total of 641 miles. we caught up with them in baltimore today, as they ran through our city. the run will raise money for the wiewrnded warrior project that helps-- wounded warrior project that helps raise money for injured servicemen. >> good luck to them. >> semper fi. >>> still ahead. missing from capitol hill. what is keeping congressman jesse jackson, jr., from work. and what his father is saying today. >>> fierce flooding and rain fills up texas and one roadside rescue. >>> i remember wanting to get there. >> the victim turns into the rescuer. how an injured surgeon's quick thinking helped save a paramedic's life. >>> it is a mild summer afternoon. but could the heat be getting cranked back up? well, tim hinted at it. stay with us. your updated first warning weather forecast is coming up. ,,,, hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios >>> it's partly cloudy. 85 degrees in central maryland right now. the complet
to baltimore city. accidents there. smith avenue at old pimlico. also, north utah at west lexington. we have plenty of traffic out there on the beltway, north of security boulevard. this traffic report is brought to you by subway. stop in for the saucy santa fe steak and melt. back to you. >>> baseball card bonanza. a discovery is rocking the collecting card world. mary joins us now with more. >> baltimore is rich in baseball history. and now our city is playing a role in what is being called the most exciting find ever in the history of baseball card collecting. >> reporter: something remarkable happened to carl kiss ner in this attic, after he and this family inherited this turn of the century house. passed down by his aunt after her receipt passing. -- recent passing. what three found were these unassuming baseball cards. they had been tied in a neat bundle and put in a cardboard box, sitting untouched for 100 years. he didn't know bell what he had -- exactly what he had. but the sports directors did. >> we believe this is the most significant find in the history of hobby. when they sent
in baltimore city. >> like the others, they follow the same pattern. they tend to be older. all of them are over the age of 45. they're distributed around the state. >> reporter: the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions are most vulnerable. and that message is getting out. >> if you do have somebody elderly in your family, you do need to check on them. especially if they don't have air conditioning. >> reporter: one step that could prevent the death toll from rising as we head into august. maryland has issued 12 heat advisories this summer already. meghan mccorkell, wjz eyewitness news. >> the city opened several cooling centers throughout the day today. and extended hours at public pools. remember, wjz 13 is always on. check in for first warning weather coverage. for updates on the forecast, live doppler radar any time, log onto wjz.com. >>> well, fresh off harsh criticism from their dur etcho storm response, bge is seeking rate increases. if approved by the public service commission, the transmission portion of your bill would increase by about 6.6%. gas transmission
report extreme heat contributed to the deaths of 23 people in maryland, baltimore city reporting more than any other jurisdiction. >> almost everyone of those heat related deaths have been people ages 65 and older, which is why health officials says the so important to check on elderly family members and neighbors. >> when we are over heated, our hearts have to work harder, our lungs have to work harder, and it is harder to catch up, and get to your normal baseline when we have extended days of heat. >> reporter: it is also a cruel summer for road crews working with hot asphalt. >> feels like you are in an oven coming from the top and bottom. >> reporter: they know the worst will be yet to come. >> a lot of hot days lately probably more to come, come august. >> reporter: that is for sure. it is going to get worse likely, later on this summer. local hospitals, report a spike in emergency room visits every time, the temperatures climb like this, so these guys back here in the pool have the right idea back to you in studio. >> you have earned an opportunity to get wet yourself cool off.
. the grand prix will take over baltimore city streets dependence just in time for lay bob day weekend -- city streets again just in time for the labor day weekend. >> they'll start construction on the track tonight. and the general manager of the grand prix said they took the necessary steps to make sure business and traffic are not negatively affected. after making a few changes in planners, the grand prib is back. >> it was a great success from the spectators perspective. but as a business it failed. >> reporter: this year they're doing things differently. construction on the track will start in the evening and be built in sections for less impact on drivers and instead of ending the race at 9:00 p.m. the race will end at 6:30 p.m. a plus for businesses. >> that's right around dinner time so we are all hopeful that this year it'll have a greater impact, positive impact on our business. >> everything is on schedule. we're quite happy with the way things are going. >> reporter: the grand prix will feature lots of drivers like joseph newgarden. >> half of the track is really bumpy and half is
. update on the situation in baltimore city. light street closed between east baltimore and east lombard. also fleet street between south caroline and southbound. light drive on 795. this traffic report is brought to you by toyota and you local toyota dealer. now is the time to jump to toyota to find out how many ways there are to save when you buy right. now it's time for manic monday. >>> all right. ron matz, good morning. how was your vocation? did you re-- vacation? did you relax? >> reporter: very relaxing, didn't do a lot, just sat on my posterior for a year. >> did you go to the ocean? what did you do? >> reporter: i was away. undisclose ed d location. >> i understand. you have enough of that during your normal life. >> reporter: jessica, good morning to you. >> hi, ron. >> reporter: great to see you. we have a great group. they are ready to rock and roll. ladies and gentlemen, from ownings mills ebi. a couple of quick announcements. let me say hi to kelly in westminster and my aunt peggy. get well soon. all right. ebi, aleisha come up here. how are you? >> i'm good. >> reporter:
circle. we have an overturned tractor- trailer we're dealing with in that area. as far as baltimore city goes, we have the issue concerning the water main break causing a problem. east lombard, the two right lanes are blocked. and as mike had mentioned earlier, still closed between wolf street and patterson park. the best way to take that around would be orleans street and madison. not a bad drive at all. there's a look at 895 at potee street. we're taking a look there. right there, as you are connected to the beltway. this traffic report is brought to you by the cochran firm. if you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury, call 1-800-the firm or these them online for a free consultation. back to you. >> kristy, thank you. >>> still ahead at 4:00, on eyewitness news. the nittany lions, back on the field at penn state. can the negativity of the sex scandal ever go away. >>> why firefighters are having such trouble getting them under control. >>> let's be thankful for another day under 90 degrees. meteorologist bernadette woods is updating your first warning forecast. at sleep n
to talk about possibly expanding gambling in the state today, but no dice. baltimore city delegate kurt anderson postponed the meeting. he says he needs more information from the governor before he can make a decision. lawmakers will meet, today, however to discuss whether or not a special session will be done to take up the issue. >>> sherman helms hemsley, the man who played george jefferson has died at the age of 74. >> 11:00 on a sunday morning, we just are having breakfast. that's sinful. >> no it ain't but this ain't breakfast. it's brunch. the rich folks invented it so we wouldn't have to worry about getting up too late for breakfast or too early for lunch so they call it brunch. >> the role began on "all in the family" and was spun off into the hit sitcom "the jeffersons." it was on for 11 seasons. hemsley was also known for his role in the '80s sitcom "amen." he died of natural causes at his home in el paso, texas. >>> time is 6:38. coming up in nine minutes, we'll be joined by an author who is going to talk about his new book a high stakes mystery set at the olympics. >> it's
's the only way some people can stay cool right now. the city of baltimore has extended a red code heat alert until tuesday. let's look at what's going on. the massive storm has caused damage from indiana to the eastern seaboard. >> reporter: big smiles for a small simplicity. there were smiles for an ice give away in virginia. and that brought many like sahri bonet. >> there's no ice around here nowhere, we went to like two supermarkets and there's no ice. >> reporter: several fatalities were reported including a 27- year-old man when his vehicle was hit by a tree. eli blackwell was also in springfield and shares her experience. >> the wind just suddenly hit. it was really intense. ran inside. i had just put my stuff down. trying to figure out what i was going to do and i heard the tree. >> reporter: eight 100 plus records have been reported. it's close to the breaking point. >> all our phones are dead, in case of an emergency we can't make a call or anything. >> reporter: i'm april williams reporting. >>> heading out to help, volunteers from the bay area travel to fire ravaged colorado. wha
a chance to experience restaurants that they may not normally go to. check out new things in the city. >> reporter: baltimore's restaurant week continues for 10 days and includings two weekends. so make your reservations early. >> it's a wonderful opportunity for us. we know that during restaurant week, a lot of customers we see are new faces. and that's a great opportunity for us to do what we do best. >> reporter: ron matz, wjz eyewitness news. >> and we'll do what we do best as customers, and that's eat. this is baltimore's seventh summer restaurant week. for a complete list of participating restaurants, log onto our website, wjz.com, and click on news. >>> coming up on eyewitness news at 4:00. >> take a deep breath. >> electronic tlc. see the latest in doctor care that may be coming to a hospital near you. >>> a petri dish of germs. where bwi falls in a survey of disease-spreading airports. >>> and it's a sticky afternoon. bob has the latest on the heat advisory in his first warning forecast. wjz 13 is always on. for the top stores on wjz -- stories on wjz.com, instant [ barks ] [
serious rain. almost 2 inches in northern sections of baltimore county. south of the city, downtown that, a little more than half inch almost. and bwi just a quarter. south of us, almost nothing fell on the lower eastern shore. and not very much either, far western maryland. hagerstown only had 9/100ths of an inch. tonight, areas will get downpours. others won't see a drop. >>> thank you, bob. let's go check on the roads with kristy breslin. she's at wjz traffic control. hello, kristy. >>> delays pretty much everywhere. traveling on that west side inner loop, expect at least 25 minutes to security boulevard. on the north side of the inner loop, delays stretch there from york road around the perring parkway. and northbound 95, that's one long delay. begins at 395 and goes well past whitemarsh boulevard. westbound heavy from the patapsco river bridge to the beltway. also eastbound very heavy there, as you make your way towards the beltway. as far as city accidents go, plenty of them. west franklin at pulaski. north carolina, east fayette. and curtis avenue at ben hill. let's take a live lo
counties and the city of baltimore. supporters want to allow tables like blackjack in addition to the slot machines and there's a push to authorize a sixth casino site, possibly at national harbor. the governor could call a special session to address the gaming within the next few weeks. >>> so far there is mixed reviews when it comes to dominion virginia power's customers. a rate hike took effect yesterday when a new dominion plant in southwest virginia started operating. that increase works out to about $1.30 extra per month for a typical residential customer. however, dominion says the additional adjustments are being worked out with state regulators and those could drop the average bill by more than $4 starting in september. >>> the time right now is 5:34. i'm watching your money and the job market. one of the lingering tolls of the great recession has been on unemployment. with so many people out of work young people are having the hardest time finding a job. >> reporter: at 19 years old, she's already endured hardship. a foreclosure had her bouncing from house to house for three year
in baltimore. 75 in oakland. 78 in ocean city. and we'll take you in a little closer and show you, most of you in the low to mid-80s. take a look to our west. because once again, that's the heat that really hasn't gone anywhere. we're going to tap into it, drawing it our way and starting tomorrow, we do have a heat advisory that goes into effect, starting at noon, it will continue until 8:00. those temperatures are going to start jumping pretty quickly. mary? >> thank you, bernadette. let's check in on our roads right now. here's kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. >> hi, everyone. a couple of problem spop spots spot on 91. also in the northbound direction, a bit of slowing there, from caton avenue to the fort mchenry tunnel. we also have slowing 895, potee street to the harbor tunnel. as far as the beltway goes, the north side inner loop, stop and go there, from charles street to dulaney valley road. west side inner loop, delay there, 15 minutes to liberty. and we have an accident we're watching, york road at mccann avenue. involving a motorcycle. also a few problems in the city. all lanes
parts of the state. we are already at 76 in baltimore, some 60s in the mountains, 77 ocean city this morning. everyone on this map at least in the 70s as we head through the afternoon we're going to up 93. chance for a couple of showers or thunderstorms through the day. we'll have that forecast coming up. >>> here's what people are talking about this morning. a maryland man calling himself a joker is found with an arsenal of weapons after police say he threatened to shoot up his workplace. wjz has complete coverage of this threat. jessica kartalija talks with the stunned neighbors but first we have meghan mccorkell. >> early friday morning the swat team gathered outside this crofton apartment complex. >> police found an ors nel of weapons -- an arsenal of weapons. >> we take all threats seriously. if you're going to make a threat we will take action. . >> police say prescott made threatening phone calls to his boss. the bat man threat sets off police. >> police came here to prescott's apartment. he answered the door in a disturbing t-shirt. >> the individual was wearing a t-shir
and lights that are out. some that are on, but a lot of congestion. >> the mayor of baltimore is among those appealing to help each other. >> asking all of our city residents to check on your vulnerable neighbors, 65 and older, without pou skbrer those they know don't have air conditioning. check on them z living in isolation, check and to come together neighbor to neighbor. >> so far, that is just what's happening. the question is... how long will people keep their cool? >> we'd like the power back, it's hot. we're ready to get back to normal. >> and that is a tough situation. there are temperatures into the east into triple digits again. and there is no break for the next couple day ootz president is offering condolences to the families of the crew of a military plane that crashed while fighting a wildfire. there is a glimmer of hope in colorado springs. officials say they stopped the massive fire from getting bigger, it's 65% contained and there are nearly 18,000 acres charred. it's the worst fire in the hate's history. >> there is money matters the manufacturing index has fallen. to 45.7
now, is when it happens. you can live it through our twitter picture. it happens with other cities with grid patterns like baltimore and chicago. let me give you those dates so you know. in chicago, september 25th. in particular, march 12th and around september 2nd. the question i ask, was new york designed by space aliens? that has nothing to do with it. it has to do with the grid pattern and the sun sets right between there. here, the heat returns as we get back into the east coast. washington, d.c., new york city, all going back in the 90s. the heat comes back on sunday. washington, d.c., about saturday into sunday. hasn't it been a nice break to get temperatures and lower humidities. the 80s and lower humidities. here's where thunderstorms could light up. bismarck, fargo, sioux falls. you'll see the strongest storms during the day today. >> all that weather was brought to you by florida's natural orange juice. you're right, george. yesterday would have been the day. >> i'll mark it on my calendar for next year. >> the incredible thing that happened yesterday. sorry you missed i
oklahoma city to baltimore. record breaking heat now linked to two deaths in chicago. this as severe storms ripped through tennessee killing two people and knocking out power to thousands. >>> and thanks but no thanks. the lifeguard fired who leaving his zone for a rescue was offered his job back. why did he turn it down? we'll explain today, july 6th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today," live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and welcome to "today" on this friday morning. i'm natalie morales. >> i'm willie geist in for matt. more on this morning's jobs reported in a moment. meantime the brutal heat wave that's gripped much of this nation expected finally to come to an end this weekend. >> you may be feeling the impact of the summer scorcher long after this weather cools down. we'll explain straight ahead. >> new details on that fourth of july tragedy off new york's long island, three children killed when a yacht capsized. this morning we'll hear from the man who was operating the boat at the time and lost his nephew in the accident. >>> then on a lighter note, we'll s
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